• Vt. outlines plans for lake cleanup
    February 12,2014

    The Associated Press

    MONTPELIER – Stephen Perkins of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Vermont will be "leading the pack" with the state's planned goals to limit non-wastewater runoff into Lake Champlain.

    Vermont Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears outlined proposed plans Wednesday at a hearing at the Statehouse.

    Mears says the state will enhance water quality rules for agriculture, require additional storm water treatment for developed areas and improve rules for managing rivers and floodplains, among other commitments. He says specific costs for state government have not been determined yet.

    Perkins says the EPA expects finalized commitments by the end of March and a letter of commitment from Gov. Peter Shumlin by the end of April. Perkins says his agency expects most measures to be implemented within 15 years.

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